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Whole Wheat Banana Bread with Greek Yogurt

A couple of weeks ago, my baby boy turned ONE! It’s incredibly hard to believe a year has gone by since he joined our family last October. He’s a fun little guy, full of personality. He’s also most definitely the baby of the family and I think he knows it. He certainly knows how to work his magic on us!

My daughter and I had a lot of fun planning his party. I wanted to keep it simple, but that didn’t happen and instead it turned into a Pinterest/Etsy/crafty mama wanne-be Curious George themed party planning experience for me. If you know me, then you know that this is not normally my strength, I love parties but I tend to focus on the food more than the theme and decorations. It was the total opposite this time and I have to admit – I had a lot of fun with it. I will say, most of it pulled together at the last minute (like 5 days before) thanks to my super creative niece Sarah who happened to have every thing I needed to add the finishing touches to our Curious Micah birthday bash.

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Gosh, this little boy is so loved. Our house was filled with family and friends and it was wonderful.

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Chicken, Pear and Avocado Salad

October 27, 2014
Chicken, Pear and Avocado Salad

Since summer, my husband and I have been really working hard at eating well and losing weight (using a Fitbit and tracking in My Fitness Pal). I can’t tell you how much easier and more motivating it is to accomplish this when you have a partner. Especially when your partner lives in your house and […]

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Book Love: Whistling Past The Graveyard and Kristin Hannah’s Fly Away

October 25, 2014
Book Love: Whistling Past The Graveyard

I may have said this before…but my friend Kristen is my Oprah when it comes to finding new books to read. She has quite the collection of book reviews over on her blog and is one of the first people I think to ask when I am looking for a new book to read. She’s […]

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Roasted Italian Turkey Sausage, Potatoes and Peppers

October 24, 2014
Roasted Turkey Sausage, Potatoes and Peppers

I loved hearing about your Sunday lunch traditions (or intentions to start traditions with your family) in my last post! Family traditions like that hold a special place in my heart and I really think that with the way our lives have become so busy these days, it’s really nice to be able to stop, […]

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Spaghetti with Turkey and Kale Bolognese

October 22, 2014
Spaghetti with Turkey and Kale Bolognese

Growing up, in New York, my family would always have a big Sunday lunch. Antipasto, pasta, bread, meats, salads, espresso, Italian pastries and cookies…this was all the norm on Sunday afternoons. Sometimes it would be just my immediate family that consisted of my grandparents, parents and siblings (we all lived together) but sometimes my aunt, […]

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Roasted Acorn Squash with Smoked Paprika

October 20, 2014
Roasted Acorn Squash with Smoked Paprika

‘Tis the season for pretty squash, right? I did not grow up eating fall squashes (or are they called winter squashes, I’m still not sure on that one) like acorn, butternut, delicata and spaghetti squashes but I’ve been really into finding ways to cook them and incorporate them into recipes over the last few years. […]

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup

October 17, 2014
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup

So for the last few weeks we’ve been hearing a lot of bird chirping and singing throughout the house. At first I just thought there were some loud birds hanging around outside the windows but I am pretty sure they are nested up at the top of our chimney. Some mornings they are seriously having […]

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Iced Honest Tea K-Cups {Giveaway}

October 15, 2014
Honest Tea Giveaway

I’ve always been a big iced tea drinker. Back in the day, when I worked in restaurants, I would find myself drinking fresh brewed iced tea with lots of lemon by the gallon (slight exaggeration? maybe, maybe not…depending on the length of my shift). I’ll admit that since I’m not brewing iced tea as my […]

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Cinnamon Pear Green Smoothie

October 13, 2014
Cinnamon Pear Green Smoothie

Is it just me or are we in a bit of a weird in between season as far as fruit goes? I am finding myself buying apples and pears every week (and of course bananas) but not much else is coming home with me from the fruit department. Grapes are super expensive right now, citrus […]

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EPCOT Food & Wine Festival 2014

October 10, 2014
Epcot Food and Wine Festival 2014

Last week my husband and I celebrated our 12 year anniversary. He gave me the biggest and best surprise ever – a day at one of our favorite places – EPCOT. Bonus…it happened to be during their annual Food & Wine Festival. We got to enjoy the day without our kids (they were not happy […]

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50 Ways To Cook Spaghetti Squash

October 8, 2014
50 Ways To Cook Spaghetti Squash

(Photo Credit: Sandy Coughlin, Reluctant Entertainer – Grilled Spaghetti Squash) This post is dedicated to all things spaghetti squash. ‘Tis the season you will see a variety of colorful and beautiful winter squashes popping up in baskets in the grocery stores and farmer’s markets (though don’t be too surprised to find some of them all […]

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